Ganon, also known as Ganondorf while in his human form, is a fictional character who is the main antagonist of Nintendo's The Legend of Zelda series. He is the final boss of most games in the series. He was first given a back-story in The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. The English version of the Link to the Past instruction manual gives Ganon's full name as Ganondorf Dragmire, though this surname appears nowhere else in canon.
In the games, Ganon is a leader of the Gerudo, a race of desert brigands, until he acquires great magical power to become a king of evil. His specific motives vary from game to game, but most often they include the domination of Hyrule and presumably the world beyond it. To this end, he seeks the Triforce, a powerful magical relic. Frequently, he already possesses a portion of the Triforce called the Triforce o
f Power, which gives him great strength but not enough to accomplish his ends, leading him to hunt the remaining Triforce pieces.
In general, Ganon has been well-received by critics and fans. Ganon was the runner-up in GameFAQs's "Got Villains?" Character Battle, losing only to Sephiroth. In an episode of G4's Filter, he was named the fourth best villain in video games.